Prep Profiles 2022-23 Season: New Hampton School
It is that time of year again, when we start to preview the top prep programs in New England.
New Hampton School is looking to have a big bounce back year for the program. Head Coach Andrew Gale has brought in some intriguing pieces throughout the roster who will look to make their mark early in NEPSAC AAA.
3 Things You Need to Know About This Year’s Team
The future is bright with their sophomore class
They brought in two 2025 prospects to keep an eye on Mason Blackwood and Keyshaun Tillery. Blackwood is a wing who has a crafty handle for shot creation, mid-range/three-point pull-up ability, and explosion for finishing around the rim. Tillery is a guard that is a difficult cover with his ability to hit shots off the dribble or create for others. Both players also compete on the Nike EYBL circuit with Albany City Rocks.
They have a talented group of unsigned seniors
Outside of the standout sophomore class, this squad has some other pieces in their senior class which bring optimism. Andrej Silconoks is a big man who can space the floor from long-range, attack closeouts, and score in the post. Kyle Winters is a shooting guard who hit treys off the catch/move, stop and pop for fifteen jumpers, while also possessing a strong frame. Stephan Snagg is a forward with terrific athleticism to make his presence felt on both ends of the floor as a lob threat/rim protector. Fallou Gueye is a southpaw wing with three-point shooting touch, vision/creativity finding others, and long arms to make plays defensively.
Edelman ready for step up in competition
Another new face brought into the program was 2024 big man Oscar Edelman. He was a standout at Greens Farms Academy, earning All-NEPSAC Class C Honors this past season. Edelman also was a part of the Maccabi USA U18 team that won a gold medal at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel this past summer. His smooth stroke beyond the arc, ability to attack in straight lines, and high motor as a rebounder will certainly be useful for this squad.
3 Questions Heading into the Season
Who will be their leader?
With Kyle Hicks now continuing his career at Assumption, there is a clear leadership void that will need to be filled. It will be interesting to see if one player will step up or if it will be a more team approach. Whatever the final result is, it will be important for the strategy to be effective with the many ups and downs that come when playing in such a competitive league like NEPSAC AAA.
How will the sophomores adjust to NEPSAC AAA?
While their sophomore class brings a lot of upside, it will be something to watch with their adjustment to the highest level of NEPSAC competition. The level of physicality will be something they have not seen yet so far in their young careers. On the other hand, their talent levels give belief they can make a smooth transition. Is there a possibility that we could see another Alex Karaban type season from Blackwood or Tillery?
Who will get the ball at the end of the game?
While there are certainly some candidates who could emerge as their lead guy, it could also end up being more who has the hot hand during the end of games. Their three best creators are Blackwood, Tillery, and Gueye so they make the most sense for this role. As stated before, all three are talented in their own right so it will be something to keep an eye on how this gets handled.